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WVU Named Military Friendly School for 5th Year in a Row

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The magazine "G.I. Jobs" has named West Virginia University a "military friendly school" for the fifth year in a row.

"Inclusion on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools demonstrates WVU's commitment to providing a supportive environment for student veterans, service members and their dependents," said Jerry McCarthy, WVU interim veterans advocate.

"G.I. Jobs" features the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace student veterans.

More than 800 veterans, military personnel, or their dependents study at WVU. This fall, 188 new student vets enrolled at WVU.

In 2004, WVU began implementing services and initiatives for veterans. The university has also established a veterans' advocate in the Office of Financial Aid and has adopted veteran-friendly classes tailored to veterans' interests and needs. It also has a network of connections on campus to serve as resources for veterans, according to a news release from WVU.

"WVU will continue to offer student veterans' programs and services to reduce achievement gaps, increase diversity awareness at WVU, its mission and increase the importance of student veterans as members of our campus community," McCarthy said.

WVU also provides the opportunity for first-year student veterans to take a special Adventure WV session, which is underwritten by Boeing Corp. Adventure WV serves as an outdoor orientation for new students, according to the news release.